One for the record books
Weatherman showed stats last night indicating this is still the driest summer on record for the KC area. Even drier than the driest year of the dust bowl. I'm starting to see established landscape bushes dead. Wildfire burned up about 1000 acres yesterday. Started from a lawnmower hitting a rock. It's supposed to rain this weekend. We'll see.
It's interesting to see the effect on fruit trees. Established plums didn't tolerate the drought/heat very well- partial defoliation, bronzing of leaves. Some established apples show a lot of bronzing of leaves.
Pawpaws would have died without hand watering. Same for one young persimmon. Strawberry patch was watered once, but it looks about dead. Blueberries were watered repeatedly. I finally gave up on them. They look pitiful. Pears look good, but some fruit was very small.
Peaches probably fared among the best. Fruit quality (flavor) was very good until lately. I think the drought simply finally caught up with some peach trees. I have a couple more peach trees to go and the foliage of those trees looks better so I'm hoping the fruit quality will be better.
Second year peach trees with little fruit have done fine. I pruned them twice this summer and they need it again.
This is the first time I've tried to raise fruit in an arid climate. It's nice not to have to spray much, but I prefer my usual waterlogged, humid, disease/insect ridden climate. I'm used to it and I know better how to manage it.